Friday, July 6, 2018


I am so excited to announce an new online class offering through Artful Gathering 2018, SIDANELV (si-da-ne-la is the Cherokee word for family) FOREVER FAMILY jewelry class. Registration is now open and this class begins on July 16 and runs through August 26 (with a 2 week extension), you can register  HERE.

Beauty is an important part of the Native American culture, not just a matter of being surrounded by beauty, but being involved in the process of beauty, such as that of weaving. Weaving was and is not just a way of making cloth, textiles, baskets, or jewelry for pretty yet practical use or for adornment, it is an artistic expression rooted and grounded in love for the family. Cloth and textiles were woven to provide protection, covering, and comfort for the body. Baskets served a practical use for gathering, containing, and serving the family as extra hands. Jewelry symbolized ceremony and community. 

A weaver working at the loom begins to tell a story that is written in color, feature, texture, design, and embellishment using beads and fibers. As the weaver sits at the loom to start a weaving a tale begins to unfold, it changes with each warp and weft, it moves and flows, the design as a whole becomes a form of communication that is so vital in family relationships. The chosen thread and bead language carry the meaning embedded in specific historical culture and familial context. Tribes/clans were often identified with specific color combinations or symbols that held special significance to that family unit much like today where we often identify with a birthstone of a specific gemstone type that holds a certain meaning for the month we were born in. 

In this 2 1/2 hour class we will be embracing these same concepts by weaving natural stone, wood, and glass beads as well as natural earthy fibers into a timeless family charm bracelet inspired by the richness of the past.  We will be making our own loom, learning how to design our bead and fiber story, basic bead and fiber weaving, as well as making charms to create a deeply personal piece of wearable art.

Thank you for being a part of my artful SIDANELV! 


Sunday, March 11, 2018


I recently set myself up with a little personal challenge to try and create 3 Junk Journals for $20 worth of supplies bought from the Dollar Tree.  The supplies were to make the cover, signatures, and embellishments excluding any tools, binding supplies, and adhesives.  I also allowed myself to use Washi Tape from my own stash, 2 pieces of coordinating scrapbook paper, and stitch using my sewing machine.

These journals are my first full on Junk Journals, flips, folds, pockets, tucks and all!  I only work on these in my spare time so its been a little slow going but I have managed to to get the signatures, embellishments, and basic covers done.  If you would like to follow along with my process I am linking the videos below:

Dollar Tree Supply Haul - 3 Junk Journals for $20
A few of these original supplies were exchanged for other dollar tree items during the process

I hope you enjoy this little foray into paper crafting with me!


Saturday, February 3, 2018

My 2017 Arftul Gathering workshop, An Artist Field Kit, is now on DVD!  Anyone interested in creating their very own custom traveling art kit can check out the details here:

Just one of the projects in this 13 hour technique packed class:
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Monday, December 25, 2017


Wishing all my family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

A little link to some Christmas love if you care to reminisce with me...Christmas is Love.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to family and friends both far and near...

image from The Graphics Fairy


Tuesday, August 22, 2017


Thank you for the sweet, kind, and encouraging messages you offered on my 10 year blogging anniversary.  As promise a winner has been drawn...

congrats, please email me you mailing address and I will get your gift in the mail,

And also as promise I have a consolation prize...a new art tutorial featuring a free tutorial on making your mixed media art into a sticker sheet that can be used to enhance your other works of art.
(Video at end of post)

 Paint, Collage, Stamp

Ink, Charcoal, Smudge
Mark Making, Mess Making fun!

Trim A Tag:

Craft a Note:

Cut, cut punch, stick, embellish, use as tape, etc.


Thank you for all your wonderful support through the years!

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